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by Ensemble Galilei

We are an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic traditional backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, Early and Medieval music, and original compositions.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Ductia/La Ultime Estampie Real/Salterello
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2. The Exile/The Rolling Wave
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3. The Watershed
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4. Old Innishowan
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5. Sir Arthur Shaen
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6. Sir Ulick Burke/ A trip to Galway/The Broken Pledge
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7. Alta la Spagna
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8. What Strikes the Clock?
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9. Bonnie Jean of Aberdeen/O'er the Moor, Among the Heather
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10. Flanagan's Waltz
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11. Wat zal men op den Avond doen
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12. Taimse in Choladh/Planxty Drew/Morgan Magan
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13. Ground after the Scotch Humour
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14. Oidhche Mhath Leibh
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15. The Labyrinth/Black Magic/Alexa Mason
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Album Notes
Recorded in May of 2005 at Bias Studios in Springfield VA, Alta is the first self produced, studio recording made by Ensemble Galilei. Working with award winning engineer, Bob Dawson, and mastered by Airshow's Charlie Pilzer, this recording is considered their very best work.

The lineup of the band has remained the same: Liz Knowles on fiddle; Sue Richards on Celtic harp; Debbie Nuse on Scottish small pipes and fiddle; Kathryn Montoya on recorders, whistle, shawm and oboe; and Carolyn Anderson Surrick on viola da gamba. For this project, Ensemble Galilei enlisted percussionist Laura Jordan, and piper Kieran O'Hare, and their work matches the brilliant virtuosity of the group.

Trademark repertoire choices abound - a medieval set of dances is followed by an Irish march, followed by an original composition. A breathtaking, deeply orchestrated lament by Turlough O'Carolan is followed by a stunning six minute fiddle solo. The strengths of these six musicians are brought to every second of these performances and the engineering of Dawson is masterful. Add to that, unorthodox and highly effective sequencing, and you may find yourself traveling an unusual and rewarding road while listening. Enjoy.

Based in Annapolis, Maryland, the group has recorded eight CDs, has been interviewed on NPR's Performance Today, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and the Diane Rehm Show and has toured this country, Mexico and Canada. They have performed with Scottish balladeer, Jean Redpath, XM Radio's Robert Aubry Davis, and regularly tour with NPR's Neal Conan who is their resident narrator for their groundbreaking work, A Universe of Dreams.


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J. Best

great, soothing album of early& Cetlic music
If you are a fan of early music consorts, Celtic and Irish music, you will love this album. I have followed this group and it's members for many years and have never been disappointed.

My new favorite to listen to in the car on the way home from work. Allows me to unwind and get home with a fresh, positive and pleasant attitude.

Steve Allely

I've heard a lot of Celtic music over the years and this ensemble's unique and beautifully crafted sound shines forth in what they perform. If you're a fan of traditional Celtic you should have this CD.

Dan and Loraine

This cd is excellent! We love the music of Ensemble Galilei, and have nearly all thier repitoire. We hightly recommend this!

Lisa Warns

Love their Celtic music - makes me want to go to the Isles!

Moire Latamore

Soft, but spritely
Quiet music from quiet times, but with enough energy and rythmn so that it's not sleepy, but gently energizing.

C Cassidy

Wonderful sounds of the Celtic music
Always have enjoyed Ensemble Galilei (perhaps because one of the artists is my cousin). THis CD is one of their best!


Very relaxing
Saw the Ensemble live in Reno at the University of Nevada. Loved them there. The CD brings back the magic.

Giovanna Spadaro

Have always loved this group--the music they play is complex and very beautiful. There are times I just want to dance to the more sprightly tunes, at other times they are achingly haunting. Love them!


Good stuff
Nice variety of pace to the songs, good and original mix of sounds.